5 things to look for in a ski resort

November 3, 2015

Whether you're an avid skier or thinking about going for the first time, you have to decide where you want to ski. Here are some things to consider when you're looking into which ski resort to go to.

5 things to look for in a ski resort

1. Distance

  • You might want to pick a ski resort that is close to you so you don't have to spend a lot of money travelling and staying in a hotel. If there are ski spots within driving distance, you can head to them for the day and get a few runs in before driving back home.
  • If you're looking for a ski vacation, then you have many more options to choose from.
  • The location will also affect things like temperatures, quality of snow, and price.

2. Number of runs

  • Some ski resorts have just a few runs while others have more than 100.
  • Smaller mountains are better for beginner skiers because they are less intimidating and they can get comfortable doing the same run over and over. But more advanced skiers will probably get bored on smaller mountains and should opt for a bigger resort with more versatile runs.

3. Challenge level

  • Some resorts will have black diamond slopes that are great for novice and mid-level skiers but won't be challenging enough for more experienced skiers. Check the reviews of how challenging the runs are.
  • Some resorts will even have double and triple black diamonds meant for the most experienced skiers. Other resorts will offer long, easy runs that are perfect for people still getting comfortable on their skis.

4. Setting

  • Is the resort in a bustling town, or is it fairly isolated? You might want to check out a resort that has a great nightlife for après-ski fun or excellent restaurants in the area. Or maybe you are looking for a more secluded winter getaway and some peace and quiet for a good night's sleep. Consider what you would like to get out of your ski trip.

5. Powder

  • Check the snow reports for the resorts you are considering. It's always nicer to ski on fresh powder, and if there hasn't been snow in a while, there's a chance that not all of the runs will be open.
  • Find out how much snow is currently on the mountain and if they are expecting any during your trip.
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